Syrian air defences intercept an Israeli missile in the sky over the Syrian capital Damascus. (AFP)

February 17, 2022

Israel has targeted a Syrian army base near Damascus used by Iranian forces with surface-to-surface missiles fired from Golan Heights.

According to Syrian state media, the attack hit targets near the town of Zakyah, located to the south of the capital Damascus in the early hours of Thursday.

The strikes caused property damage but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Israel’s Channel 12 cited local sources that the target was a military base used by Iranian and Syrian forces.

This is the second attack attributed to Israel on the Syrian soil in the space of a week. Last Wednesday, some areas in the western province of Homs were attacked, in which one soldier was killed and five were wounded.

In a rare statement acknowledging attacks inside Syria, the Israeli army said it struck Syrian facilities used in targeting Israeli aircraft, including a radar and anti-aircraft batteries.

Israel has conducted hundreds of strikes on targets in government-controlled parts of Syria mostly since 2017, but its government rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.

Israel has mounted hundreds of such strikes against what it has described as Iranian-linked targets in Syria, where Tehran-backed forces including Lebanon’s Hezbollah have deployed in support of President Bashar al-Assad during Syria’s war.

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